Storrs, CT – Students at the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus are one step closer to occupying a long-awaited STEM residence hall now that steel erection has begun at the construction site. They joined staff members from the university and from design-builder KBE Building Corp. recently at a steel-raising ceremony.
The $79 million, 210,000sf, multistoried residence hall is designed to qualify for LEED silver certification and is expected to be substantially completed for the summer of 2016.
The design team for the new STEM residence hall will be led by JSA Architects from Portsmouth, N.H., who previously teamed with KBE on the very successful Kellogg House residence hall design-build project at the University of Virginia. JSA will be supported by structural engineer DiBlasi Associates; civil engineer BL Companies; and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineer WSP.
Newman Architects, PC, along with BVH Integrated Services, was selected by the university of Connecticut as the design architect and engineer during the Bridging Documents phase and will serve as the university’s design consultant during the completion of design and the construction phase.
The STEM residence hall is part of Governor Dannel Malloy’s Next Generation Connecticut (NGC) initiative, designed to greatly expand educational opportunities, research, and innovation in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines at the school during the next decade with the overall goal of creating an infrastructure that supports Connecticut’s most important industries, including high-tech manufacturing.
One of the most ambitious state investments in economic development, higher education, and research in the nation, NGC will transform the University into a top public research institution that fuels Connecticut’s economy through new technologies, highly skilled graduates, and the creation of high-wage jobs.